The opening of a long-awaited superstore is just weeks away and people have been applying in droves for the 200 jobs it has created.
Tesco’s new store in Glasgow Road, Camelon, will open its doors to shoppers on Monday, February 27.
But bosses say it has already had a positive impact on the area – awarding almost 100 out of the 218 jobs available to local people after receiving 1500 applications and interviewing 350 prospective employees.
Located on the site of the former Wrangler factory, it has taken over a decade to bring the much-delayed and eventful – Roman artefacts were discovered on the site last year – development to this stage.
Scott Honeyman, store manager, said: “I’m pleased with the team we have recruited following a competitive interview process and I feel excited about opening the new store with my staff.
“We hope the store can become a key part of Camelon and are looking forward to building links with the local community.”
Councillor Gerry Goldie hopes that can happen too and has written to First Bus urging them to re-instate stops on the 4A Ochiltree Terrace to Grangemouth service and generally improve the bus service along Glasgow Road to take customers to the new store.
He said: “The 4A service goes along Carmuirs Avenue and Union Road at the moment, but it used to go down Wilson Road.
“If First Bus was to re-instate that route it would not only help Easter Carmuirs and Ochiltree Terrace residents, it would make First Bus money.”
Councillor Goldie has asked First Bus to incorporate the route into the service on a trial period when the new store opens.